Varicose veins can represent a difficult health problem for some people, although for others it may be a purely cosmetic matter, since in addition to appearance, it sometimes does not cause discomfort or pain.
Varicose veins are a fairly common problem, however risk factors include:
- To be a woman.
- have obesity
- To live a sedentary lifestyle.
- Having a history of family members with varicose veins.
- Varicose veins can also arise during pregnancy.
Among the basic recommendations to prevent the development of varicose veins or their worsening, MedlinePlus details the following: exercise, lose weight, raise your legs when resting and not cross them when sitting. It is also helpful to wear loose clothing and avoid long periods of standing.
If the varicose veins are painful or the person is uncomfortable with their appearance, a health professional may recommend procedures to remove them. Of course, these must be done in trusted medical centers.
Vegetables to achieve “lighter” legs
A balanced diet and regular physical activity represent the foundations for a healthy life. In that order of ideas, certain natural foods have gained fame for having qualities that are beneficial to the body.
According to the portal Know how to live“a diet rich in vegetables and fish (foods that provide a large amount of fiber, antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids) helps strengthen the venous system.”
For this reason, the cited source recommends eat at least two servings of vegetables a daysince most have cleansing and diuretic effects thanks to their water and potassium content.
Some vegetable options that offer this benefit are lettuce, escarole, celery, watercress, lamb’s lettuce, asparagus, artichokes, and spinach. The onion is another popular vegetable in this field, since its consumption facilitates the fluidity of the blood and prevents the formation of clots.
Onion peel to reduce inflammation and varicose veins
To take advantage of the benefits of onion peels, the easiest way is to prepare an infusion, since in this way the blood flow could be regulated, thus avoiding the formation of varicose veins.
However, it is pertinent to mention that home remedies do not have scientific support, so their effectiveness is not 100% guaranteed. Having said that, it is best to consult with a reputable doctor before attempting any treatment.
How to prevent the formation of varicose veins?
In accordance with Mayo Clinic, improving blood flow and muscle tone could reduce the risk of developing varicose veins, which is why it provides some tips to avoid this problem.
- Avoid frequently wearing high heels or tight socks.
- It is important to constantly change positions that are maintained for a long time, for example sitting or standing.
- Have a good exercise routine that exercises especially the legs.
- Include a diet rich in fiber and low in salt.
- Control weight by eating healthy foods.
- Avoid sources of heat, excessive sun exposure and hair removal with hot wax.
- Activate circulation by contracting the calf muscles.
- Keep the skin hydrated and massage the legs from the foot to the muscle in an upward direction.
- Raise the legs from time to time to rest the lower extremities.
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